A Marian procession surprised Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street earlier this month.

The rosary was prayed, Marian hymns were sung and Our Lady of Walsingham carried aloft as part of a “London mission” organised by St Patrick’s, Soho Square. Lucy McGuinness, volunteer co-ordinator, said reactions from shoppers varied from “joyful” and “curious” to occasionally hostile.

Peer says Creed might be considered a hate crime

The government has refused to say whether proclaiming the divinity of Christ could be a hate crime.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch, a Ukip peer, said that when he raised the issue in the Lords the Government failed to clarify if Christians could be prosecuted just for stating their beliefs.

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